Have you made S’mores yet this summer?
Unfortunately, we have not.
S’mores are a big treat for us here because the lovely graham crackers that we love and adore in the U.S. are not available here in Georgia.
We can, on occasion, get a similar tasting cracker courtesy of our one international grocery store. They hit the shelves every couple months, sell out, and we are left to wait until they decide to replenish them. So, s’mores may or may not be in our summer eating plans. We did have oven-baked s’mores a while back that were a super yummy treat.
Despite that, we had a lot of fun this week with two s’mores themed busy bags for kindergarten (and early first grade). I know I’ve said we packed up all the kindergarten supplies, but sometimes we just need to review some skills. Or take a break from the new material to relax our brains a little bit.
Everybody needs to feel super smart sometimes.
Today, I want to share with you the two busy bags that we have worked with this week.
Both of these activities can be stored in a gallon-size zip top bag. You may need to trim the edges of the pages just a bit.
First off, I have a S’mores addition center for adding up to 5 and 10.
Print, laminate and cut out the pieces. (I highly recommend laminating materials that you want to use more than one time. To me it’s worth the small added expense to save me from having to print and re-cut another set of materials.) If you choose not to laminate, you will want to slide the graham cracker mat into a plastic sleeve or page protector, so that it can be used as a write & wipe board.
Have your child select one of the cards.
The child will demonstrate the addition problem shown on the card by topping the graham cracker mat with the correct number of marshmallows and chocolate pieces. (You can use the included manipulatives, but you can also give your child a big treat by using the real thing!)
Then, have your child write the numerical representation of the addition problem in the spaces below the graham cracker using a dry erase marker or crayon.
Download the S’Mores Addition center .
Next up, I have a S’mores Pattern Making center.
Print, laminate and cut out the pieces. (Sound familiar?)
Let your child select one of the mats.
Have him continue the patterns on the mats using the included pattern pieces.
You can also use the included pattern mat to create your own patterns with the s’mores pieces.